Nothing is more thrilling than those times when the Holy Spirit moves supernaturally to give you a grand and glorious plan to follow. However, there’s always the pound of flesh that has to be cut off in order for you to come into divine alignment, enter into God’s supernatural rest, and carry out His will for your life.
What if you received a word from the Lord right now to quit a company where you’d been employed for ten years in order to start a new business? The idea may seem exciting in the beginning as you envision great sums of money pouring into your office that you can then funnel into the preaching of the Gospel. But as you begin to consider all that your obedience requires of you personally, your flesh won’t be so enthralled!
I am reminded of the man who had lain at the pool of Bethesda his entire life (John 5:1-9). Think of all his friends who were there, waiting for an angel to stir the waters along with him. If the man ever did get healed, he’d have to leave those friends. He’d also have to stop depending on others and get a job! His entire lifestyle would be drastically changed.
Therefore, it was very significant when Jesus asked this paralyzed man, “...Wilt thou be made whole?” (John 5:6). In essence, Jesus was asking him, “Do you want to be healed, and do you understand the sweeping ramifications of this supernatural work in your life?”
The most thrilling aspect of choosing to obey God’s will for your life and coming into divine alignment is knowing that you’re still pliable enough in His hands to give up everything you have if He requires it of you.
It’s much easier to give up everything to obey God when you don’t have very much. Such was the case for Denise and me when He called us into the traveling ministry so many years ago. We didn’t have anything we were leaving behind, so it was easy to say yes to our next season of ministry. But it can be much more difficult when God has enabled you to build something great and wonderful, and then He asks you to lay it all down and move on to a new work that is yet unformed!
The most thrilling aspect of choosing to obey God’s will for your life and coming into divine alignment, however, is knowing that you’re still pliable enough in His hands to give up everything you have if He requires it of you. After God has made you “ruler over much,” your greatest joy and reward lies in the realization that you are still, above all else, His faithful servant.
All those who want to fully follow God’s plan for their lives must come to this realization deep down in their hearts. It is only from this position of solid, unequivocal alignment with God’s will that they can move forward to fulfill their divine destiny in total confidence and unshakable faith.